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Atomic Detectors

Recently, Glenn Starkman and I proposed searching for inelastic collisions of SUSY relics with atoms [66]. The cross-sections for these interactions are largest for eV. While the cross-section for atomic interactions are smaller than nuclear interactions, there is a wider range of material that could be used for detecting these atomic interactions. There are not yet any experimental schemes proposed to look for WIMP-atom scatterings. This proposal requires more experimental and theoretical study.

Dave Spergel
Wed Mar 6 14:02:15 EST 1996